Perth 2012: Annual Conference

Perth 2012 annual conference logo

The AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference is Australasia’s premier emergency management conference, staged by the industry, for the industry. The conference program addresses key issues facing our sector and contributes to a knowledge sharing and learning culture within fire, land management and emergency service agencies, and across the broader industry.

The 2012 conference (28-31 August) in Perth attracted more than 1300 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific Region, the US and Europe.

AFAC represents all fire, land management and emergency service agencies in Australia and New Zealand. The Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre is the peak research body for the fire industry in this region.

Key activities across the four days include:

  • Research Forum - Tuesday 28 August
  • Two day conference program - Wednesday 29 August - Thursday 30 August
  • Professional Development Program - Friday 31 August

The theme of the conference was Diverse Country. Common Ground.

News from the Event

Bushfire CRC CEO Gary Morgan discusses natural hazards research with Channel 10.
Resources from the Bushfire CRC and AFAC annual conference are now available for ongoing learning and training in the emergency services and for the broader research community.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service won the research utilisation award
In a week of highlights, the Research Forum, Student Showcase and research utilisation award were proud moments for the Bushfire CRC at our joint annual conference with AFAC in Perth in late August.
The 19th AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference 2012 will be held in Perth, 28-31 Aug
The 19th AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference 2012 will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 28-31 August, 2012, attracting more than 1000 people in emergency services throughout Australasia and high calibre presenters from around the world.
Conference posters
A record number of research posters will be on show at the annual Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference this year, with over 80 posters from Bushfire CRC researchers on show, explaining their research and how it will benefit you.
AFAC '12 logo
The last day of the Bushfire CRC and AFAC annual conference, Friday 31 August, is devoted to professional development sessions.
Research Utilisation Award trophy_teaser
Applications are now being sought for the new Bushfire CRC Research Utilisation Award – is your agency worthy of recognition?
Perth 2012 annual conference launch_2
The annual conference program is now available and was launched in Melbourne in April.
Early Bird Registrations for the annual conference are now open.
A Call for Papers is out for the 2012 AFAC and Bushfire CRC Conference.

Related Blog posts

Posted: 2 years 13 weeks ago

At this year’s conference the Bushfire CRC introduced a new award for Excellence in Utilisation of Bushfire CRC Research, acknowledging agencies demonstrating effective uptake of Bushfire CRC research into their business. Congratulations to the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service for taking out the inaugural award for their utilisation of Bushfire CRC expertise in...

Noreen Krusel
Dr Noreen Krusel
Research Utilisation Manager Bushfire CRC
Posted: 2 years 13 weeks ago

Wow, what a week! The Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference was one of the best ever. There were so many highlights. It was great to see so many of our researchers engaged and enjoying the time.

The posters were all great this year, as one of the judging panel members it was so hard to determine the winner, there we so many which could have won, but in the end well done...

Richard Thornton
Dr Richard Thornton
Former Deputy CEO and Research Director Bushfire CRC
Posted: 2 years 13 weeks ago

The Student Showcase was one of my favourite aspects of this year’s conference, and was well received by both those who presented and attended. For me, I really relished hearing from each student where their project is heading, and what they had uncovered so far. The interview style format, coupled with the relaxed lounge room setting (the bean bags were a big hit)...

Lyndsey Wright
Lyndsey Wright
Research Manager Bushfire CRC
Posted: 2 years 13 weeks ago

The breadth of topics at our three-day annual conference in Perth at the end of last month was quite astounding, even more so considering none were repeats of last year’s conference, and in Melbourne next year, a whole new set of issues will be presented.

Despite the amount of activity currently underway, it is still appropriate to stop and think about areas...

Gary Morgan
Gary Morgan
CEO Bushfire CRC
Posted: 2 years 13 weeks ago

Not only is our annual conference a forum for discussion and debate amongst ourselves, it also provides a great platform to promote the research of the Bushfire CRC out into the wider community.

In Perth at the end of last month, our annual conference attracted more than 1000 delegates. Media interest in the conference is always extremely high and this year was no...

David Bruce
David Bruce
Communications Manager Bushfire CRC

Other Resources

Research Posters

Author Title
Douglas Brown A Study of the Perceived Vulnerability of Domestic Architecture in Bushfire Prone Areas
A Tale Of Three C.I.T.I.E.S – Critical Questions to ask about Bushfire Preparedness
Steve Curnin Achieving Multi-Agency Emergency Management Coordination
Alex Sims Activity Modelling for Risk Assessment and E.M. Applications Focussing on Peri-Urban Regions
Grahame Douglas Application of Extreme Value Analysis to Fire Weather Conditions for NSW
Katrina Onus Awake, Smoky And hot - The Effect Of Carbon Monoxide On Firefighter Health And Performance
Breakdowns in Emergency Coordination
Bush Fires, Planning And Contrasting Landscapes
Bushfire and Ageing in Urban Interface Communities
Bushfire Communication Products – A Case for Managing Knowledge
Bushfire Preparedness: The Development and Validation of a Psychological Preparedness Scale
Rachel Carter Catastrophic Insurance Regimes
Co-Existing With Fire: Managing Risk and Amenity at the Rural / Urban Interface
Katrina Onus Cognitive Performance In Bush Firefighters
Dr Jeff Kepert Conceptual Framework For Assessing seasonal, Daily, And Hourly Landscape Moisture And Fuel Energy
Ben Reynolds Cooperation or Legislation? Bushfire Preparedness in Victoria Post-Black Saturday
Core Community-Level Influences Fostering Proactive Preparedness Participants
Couple’s Decision-Making Processes Involved in the Formulation of a Long Term Household Bushfire Plan
Cara Lord Designing A Physical Selection Test: A new Approach
Katie Collins Development Of A New National Fire Danger Rating System For Australia
David Barton Disaster in Relation to Attachment, to Community and to Place: The Marysville Experience
Veronique Florec Economic Analysis Of Prescribed Burning For Wildfire Management In Western Australia
Annette Salter Educational Strategies in Fire Behaviour Training: The Case of the Bushfire Behaviour Table
Effective Communication of Household Bushfire Risk Through Web-Based Geovisualisation
Daniel Collins Effects of Fire on the Wet Tropical Lowland Forest Eco-Tones in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland After a 1-500 Year Severe Tropical Cyclone: (“Yasi”)
Hari Ram Shrestha Effects Of Repeated Planned Burning On Carbon Fractions In Soils
Effects of Woody Weeds on Fuels in Fire-Prone Ecosystems
Prof David Pannell Exploring Management Actions To Reduce Fire Risk To Naseby, New Zealand
Exposing The Killer in Disaster Planning Through Antecedents of Decision Avoidance
Grace Vincent Extended Wakefulness and Work Physiology of Wildland Firefighters
F.I.R.E. D.S.T. Fire Impact and Risk Decision Support Tool
Andrew Edwards Fire Severity Mapping in Australia's Tropical Savannas: CALIBRATION of the algorithm
Tarryn Turnbull Fires and Hydrology of South Eastern Australian Mixed‐Species Forests
Dr Kevin Tory Forecasting Wind Direction Variability Using Numerical Weather Prediction Prediction
Forest Carbon Balance and Emission Management
Jim Gould From The Archives: A New Insight Into Fire Growth Rate and Acceleration
Dr Geoff Cary Future Bushfire Scenarios
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fire and their Environmental Effect
Anjali Haikerwal Health Effects Of Bushfire Smoke
Householders’ ‘Black Saturday’ Bushfire Survival Decisions
Idealised Numerical Modelling Of Bushfire Plumes
Colin Simpson Large Eddy Simulation of Atypical Wildland Fire Spread on Leeward Slopes
Mahfuz Sarwar Large Eddy Simulation of Fire Behavior In Landscapes
Jafar Hamra Learning Through Networks within Emergency Management Response
Life from the Ashes – Why Acacias have Re-Grown at Different Densities After Black Saturday
Mainstreaming Fire and Emergency Management – Directions for Policy Discussion
Amanda Edwards Managing Bushfire: Diverse Values, Shared Vision? An Evaluation of the Hotspots Fire Training Project
Rowena Morris Managing Post-Fire Soil Erosion In The Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia
Dr Michelle Short Managing The Threat: Beyond Endurance Sustaining Operations
Meteorological Aspects of the Margaret River Fires on 23 November 2011
Modelling the Fire Weather of the Eyre Peninsula Fire of January 2005
Organizational Features and Their Effect in the Response Process of Emergency Management Organizations
Sondra Dickinson People on the Move: Why the Term “Community” is Not Synonymous with ‘Neighbourhood’
Plant Physiological Responses to Different Types of Smoke
Post-Fire Hydrological Events as Natural Hazards
Dr Matt Plucinski Predicting The Probability Of Human Caused Bushfire Days In South West Management Regions
Preparing… For What? Exploring the Dimensionality of Wildfire Preparedness
Providing Decision Support to Incident Management Teams
Putting ‘It’ Together: Fire Knowledge, Local Landscape Practices and the Integrated Mapping of Everyday Places
Brenda Mackie Reconceptualising Disaster Warnings: Warning Fatigue and Long Lead Time Disasters
David Rawet Reflective Practice, Metacognition and Effectiveness in Incident Leadership
Relating Vertical Wind Profiles to Vegetation Structure for Fire Behaviour Prediction
Risk Factors in Residential Fire Fatalities for the Mentally Ill and Socially at Risk
Dr Fabienne Reisen Rural Urban Interface - Integrated Emissions And Smoke Dispersion From Burning Buildings
Sharing Responsibility – So What About It?
Jessica Heath Ten Years Post-Wildfire Recovery and Health of Eucalypt Forests and Woodland in the Sydney Basin, Australia
The Ability to Control the Outcome of a Risk We Are Facing Influences Attentional Preference For Signs of Danger
The Complex Network within Bushfire Investigation Strategy an International Comparative Analysis of Communicational Dynamics Between Post-Bushfire Investigative Departments
Brianna Larsen The Effects Of Heat On Firefighters' Work Behaviour And Physiology During Simulated Firefighting Shifts
The Hydro-Geomorphic Sensitivity of Forested Water Catchments to Wildfire
Alex Wolkow The Interactions Of Physical Work, Sleep Deprivation And stress Responses
The Role of Local Government in Influencing Bushfire Preparedness: Reinforcement of Fuel Reduction on Properties Mitigation
The Validation of Dynamic Fire Spread Models: Methods for Comparing the Performance of Perimeter Spread Predictions
Dr Mick Meyer There's No Fire Without Smoke: Modelling Smoke Emissions and Transport from the 2006 Victorian Alpine Fires
Understanding Community and Preparedness: Building Towards Bushfire Prepared Individuals.
Unpacking the Differences in Performance Between Pre-Formed and Ad Hoc Incident Management Teams
James Minas Use of Spatial Optimisation Methods for Landscape-Level Fuel Treatment Planning
Anastasi Kosmadopoulos Validating The Sleep/Wake Estimates Of A Physical Activity Monitor With Rural Firefighters
Justin Leonard Vulnerability and Impact Modeling
Dr Helena Clayton What Does Economics Have To Offer?
What is the Role of Social Networks in Fire Preparedness?
Mika Peace WRF-Fire Simulations of the Kangaroo Island Bushfires
‘Lie of the Land’– Firefighters Finding Place in the Bushfire Landscape